Sunday 25 September 2016

Banksy unveils his theme park... and everybody is having a lovely time

Claire Hayhurst Weston-Super-Mare

Published 21/08/2015 | 02:30

A killer whale jumping out of a toilet piece is one of the pieces on display at Dismaland
A killer whale jumping out of a toilet piece is one of the pieces on display at Dismaland

BANKSY'S theme park Dismaland has been revealed at a derelict seaside lido - featuring migrant boats, Jimmy Savile and an anarchist training camp.

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The elusive artist has banned spray paint, marker pens, knives and "legal representatives of the Walt Disney Corporation" from the site in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England.

The grim reaper rides the dodgems at Dismaland
The grim reaper rides the dodgems at Dismaland
An artwork depicts a woman being attacked by seagulls, by Banksy

Residents had believed that the 2.5-acre Tropicana site, a former lido, was being turned into a film shoot in a cover story maintained by the local council.

A sign reading 'Dismaland' was erected across the front of the building and stewards wearing pink tabards with 'Dismal' on the back began working there.

Visitors enter the theme park, which features work by dozens of artists, pass through a security check made from cardboard by Bill Barminski.

They are greeted with a view of the park and Banksy's fire-ravaged fairytale Cinderella Castle, showing "how it feels to be a real princess".

There are boats full of asylum seekers which can be driven round a pond, two juggernauts performing ballet and a camp that trains guests in how to break into bus billboards.

Banksy described the park as "a festival of art, amusements and entry-level anarchism", adding: "This is an art show for the 99pc who'd rather be at Alton Towers."

Asked about the meaning of Dismaland, Banksy replied: "I guess you'd say it's a theme park whose big theme is that theme parks should have bigger themes."

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